Mexico Metals Report Q1 2015
Solid macroeconomic fundamentals in Mexico over the next five years will underpin production and consumption growth of Mexican refined metals production, particularly steel. While weaker-than-expected real private consumption growth throughout most of H214 has led us to downgrade economic growth in 2015 to 3.5% from 3.7%, continued recovery in the automotive, construction, and infrastructure sectors will support the steel industry. Moreover, we forecast average annual real GDP growth of 3.8% in 2016-2018. These factors should ensure Mexico remains the second-largest producer and consumer of steel in Latin America, behind Brazil.
Mexico's auto sector in particular will continue to attract investment and see production growth given its exposure to the US, the world's largest autos market, and Latin America, which will see growing demand for autos. Reforms to the country's energy sector lead us to forecast an uptick in oil and gas infrastructure investment and therefore increased consumption of steel used in pipelines and other equipment. We recognize the potential is large, and will thus monitor investment into the country's oil and gas industry, as well as a concurrent uptick in production and consumption trends, over the coming quarters.
Steel To Dominate Metals Sector
Steelmaking will dominate Mexico's refined metal industry,...
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key forecasts and industry analysis, covering metals production and prices, plus analysis of landmark company developments and key changes in the regulatory environment.
SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's metals sector, business environment, politics and economics, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.
Global Metals Market Overview
Global demand, supply and price forecasts for steel and aluminium, as well as gold, copper and tin, drawing on both our industry expertise and our macroeconomic and financial market team's long-term global demand forecasts and shorter-term market views.
Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.
Production (`000 tonnes, US$bn), consumption (`000 tonnes, US$bn), exports (`000 tonnes, US$bn); prices (US$/tonne), and growth (%).
BMI forecasts to end-2018 for headline country macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (US$), population (mn), industrial production index (% y-o-y average) and unemployment (% of labour force).
Expansion in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas sectors, all of which rely on steel and other refined metals for input s , will encourage steady production and consumption growth in Mexico's metal sector to 2018. Domestic steel producers will contend with cheaper foreign imports and US duties on Mexican exports , yet investment into and output from the sector is unlikely to face significant downside risks.
BMI Industry View
Steel: Metals-Intensive Growth
Positive Construction Dynamics To Support Steel Demand
Manufacturing, Oil & Gas Sectors Also To Drive Steel Industry Growth
Domestic And Foreign Steelmakers To Grow Production
Imports To Increase
Table: Steel Production & Consumption (Mexico 2010-2018)
Table: Steel Industry Historical Data (Mexico 2005-2012)
Business Environment To Support Steel Industry
Anti-Corruption Efforts Remain Priority
Table: Political Overview
Steel: Prices To Head Higher From 2016
Table: BMI Steel Price Forecast
Short-Term Outlook (three-to-six months)
Production: Chinese Rationalisation Measures To Bite
Consumption: Slowing Demand Growth On The Horizon
Burgeoning Chinese Exports Will Not Last
Eurozone Growth Downgrade Highlights Long Road To Recovery
Risks To Price Forecast
Table: Steel Data & Forecasts
Table: Mexico - Major Metals Producers
Foreign Firms To Maintain Growing Presence
Latest Financial Results
Table: ArcelorMittal - Key Financial Data
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